Bridgewater, NJ – Today at 1:05 p.m. the Somerset Patriots (2-1) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-2) in the series finale of a four game weekend series at TD Bank Ballpark. After winning the first two games in come from behind fashion, the Patriots squandered a four run lead in last night’s contest to ultimately fall 7-5 to the Blue Crabs. Somerset looks to win the series today before their off day on Monday. Be sure to download today’s comprehensive game notes.
Here is the audio clip of Yunesky Sanchez smacking his third home run in as many nights. The audio is courtesy of WCTC.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mitch Atkins toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Tommy Mendoza will take the hill for the Blue Crabs.
Mitch Atkins is one of six former Major League Baseball players on the Patriots roster. He is a former seventh round draft pick in 2004. He has been part of the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals organizations throughout his playing career. He played the Major Leagues from 2009-11 with the Orioles and Cubs. In 10 games he finished with a 6.75 ERA.
Tommy Mendoza was a fifth round selection by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of high school in 2005. He peaked at the AAA level in 2010. He spent the last two years with the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League and tallied a 3.99 ERA in both 2011 and 2012.
Patriots’ outfielder Joe Holden has provided a spark at the bottom of the order. He’s 5-for-6 this year with three stole bases, two walks and a RBI. His elusive speed gives him the ability to reach base via infield singles. Holden has also demonstrated great athletic ability patrolling the real-estate in the outfield as he has already made a handful of spectacular catches.
Patriots’ shortstop Yunesky Sanchez hit over .300 in the second half of last season and carried that momentum into the offseason as he continued his hot hitting at the plate for Team Spain in the World Baseball Classic. In the WBC Sanchez was 7-for-11 (.636) and showed great range defensively. This season he has three home runs in the first three games. Last year he had seven homers the entire season.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 1:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com. It’s $1.00 hot dog day at the ballpark. There will be a free autograph session for fans from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. down the right field line. Immediately after the game children 12 years old or younger may run the bases free of charge.